Practice of Science was selected as a finalist for
Royal Society Prize for Science Books. The judges said: “How
is science done? This book looks behind the scenes and tells the
story of what makes scientific minds tick and how scientific theories
are made. A fascinating, personal account – essential reading
for anyone with an interest in science, from pupil to politician.”
Research Interests -- Philosophy of Science and Bioethics
My research program consists of cross-disciplinary
studies at the boundary between science and philosophy, attempting
to articulate what doing science entails with the goal of informing
science policy decisions and advancing science education and public
understanding of science. The philosophical approach that I use
involves exploring the assumptions and challenges implicit in practice.
Current studies are focused on research integrity
in secondary school science fair. Matters relating to research integrity
have become a major policy issue in the United States and worldwide.
Notwithstanding increased attention to the subject over the past
25 years since NIH first made research integrity instruction a requirement
in graduate education, the factors that undermine research integrity
remain poorly understood. Best practices for promoting research
integrity remain poorly developed. The purpose of the current study
is to learn if problems with research integrity begin as early as
secondary school science fair.